Metro New York Adventist Forum
Picture of St. Paul's Chapel
Mailing Addr: 115-25 Curzon Rd., Kew Gardens, NY 10418

Current Schedule of Meetings

We have a presentation and discussion once a month, usually on the second Sabbath. Most of our meetings are at St Mary's Church (see Our Home) and start at 2:00 PM but watch the schedule for exceptions.
Winter 2018 Schedule
2:00 PM
St Mary's
Member Speaker: Margaret Christian  Theme for Day: Spirit and Society in 1550 and 2017: What the World Needs, Then and Now.   Bio: Dr. Margaret Christian is Associate Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University, Lehigh Valley Campus. Her articles have appeared in Studies in Philology, Christianity and Literature, Sixteenth Century Studies, and Spenser Studies, among other journals. Her book Spenserian Allegory and Elizabethan Biblical Exegesis was recently published by Manchester University Press (2016). Margaret teaches first-year and advanced composition and many literature classes, including Bible as Literature, Shakespeare (to English majors as well as to undergraduates meeting general education requirements), The Short Story, and British Literature to 1798. A current interest is moving literature classes online while promoting her students’ sense of intellectual community and discovery.

A fourth-generation Adventist, Margaret, like both her parents, was born at the White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. She graduated from Loma Linda Academy in 1976 and from La Sierra University in 1980 with a B.A. in English. She returned to Los Angeles to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from UCLA, then moved to Pennsylvania in 1986. She is currently a member of the Allentown SDA Church, where she serves the Primary Sabbath School and Women's Ministry.   Notes: This talk was rescheduled from Dec 2 due to illness and continues her talk that she started Jun 15. Her talk examines Edwardian court sermons for their 21st century resonances. It's based on her Spectrum blog post

Our originally scheduled speaker, Jennifer Lin, will be reschedule for next fall and the discussion of Ron Lawson's paper to be lead by Ed Samuel will be scheduled for later in the year.

Remember, we start with a potluck at 2 PM with lecture and discussion to follow.

2:00 PM
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Pastor Ryan Myers  Theme for Day: Pentecost   Bio: Ryan is the senior pastor of Vineyard One NYC, a church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Vineyard One is a part of God’s diverse family, creatively carrying on the work of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. Born into a Nazarene family, investigating everything Christian from Quakerism to Pentecostalism briefly, and nearly ordained in the Presbyterian Church (PCA), Ryan has now found his spiritual home in the Vineyard.

While not pastoring, Ryan teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to immigrants in Queens. Prior to assuming his pastoral role at Vineyard One, Ryan had served as Executive Director for Prison Fellowship’s NY chapter and as the Program Director at the Bowery Mission Transitional Center. He earned his MA in Urban Mission at Westminster Theological Seminary through City Seminary of New York and his MA in Biblical Counseling through Colorado Christian University, where he studied under Larry Crabb and Dan Allender.

Ryan has been married to Carrie for 19 years and together they have three children whom they are extravagantly proud of.   Notes: Remember, we start with a potluck at 2 PM with lecture and discussion to follow

2:00 PM
St Mary's
CANCELLED: Erin Raffety, PhD  Theme for Day: Dignifying Difference: From Inclusion to Discipleship   Afternoon Topic: Erin Raffety, PhD   Bio: An advocate for people with disabilities, Erin Raffety is a Lecturer in Youth, Church, and Culture in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. She serves as the Associate Pastor for Outreach and Education at Grace Presbyterian Church in Kendall Park, NJ and earned her MDiv from Princeton Seminary and PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University. Her book, Families We Need is based on ethnographic research in China with foster families raising children with disabilities. Her current research and writing considers intersections of anthropology, disability studies, and ministry.   Notes: Due to a family emergency, our speaker Erin Raffety cannot be with us and so we are cancelling this service. We will try to reschedule her lecture at a later time.

From the speaker: So often approaches to ministry for people with disabilities focus on the importance of inclusion without recognizing the gifts for ministry and promise of discipleship they already bring to those around them. How do we grapple with the very real, practical, structural and systemic barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities and move beyond the limits that approaches like inclusion place on people with disabilities’ opportunities to lead, contribute, and grow in the church? In this session, Rev. Dr. Raffety will speak from her anthropological fieldwork, ministry, and personal experience with people with disabilities in order to reflect on how God sees our differences, how we can learn to see differently, and in so doing, how we can better experience and embrace not just the fullness of humanity but the fullness of God.

Remember, we start with a potluck at 2 PM with lecture and discussion to follow